Life Restored

Merlin CochranUncategorized

Recently I found a pile of parts to a ’50s to early 60’s Ducati street bike that my dad was trying to restore before he passed away 38 years ago. It was restored to operational status years after his death and my brother and I rode it like a dirt bike through the fields, around the pond, and several other parts of an abandoned gravel bed my mother and her husband bought. Realizing its potential future value and of course its sentimental value as well I took a few parts off the engine and buried them under the back shed dirt floor.

As I sat looking at these parts I began to wonder how am I going to get this restored. Then my mind started wandering to places far away to when I was attending a school for evangelism in Jasper Or. One of my class requirements was to knock on doors and ask the occupant of the house we knocked on if they would like Bible studies. A woman answered the door and said yes. So we began studying with her. One day she asked us “My life is like a pile of old parts that need to be restored, how can your God do that.” My fellow student partner told her well it’s like these Bible studies we do one at a time one day at a time. It does take time but as God polishes each part cleaning them up He is also getting them ready to be put back together again.

So how am I going to get this bike restored? One part at a time, one step at a time.

God knows how much more valuable your life will be if you spend one day at a time getting fully restored. The results will be amazing guaranteed by the Creator himself.

The book of Ruth tells a story of a woman named Naomi who lost her husband and her two sons. So she travels back to her home country with her daughter-in-law. Ruth 4:13–17 tells us the happy ending of life restored. “Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. He slept with her, and the Lord granted conception to her, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” CSB

Life is hard.

Life is demanding.

Life has unexpected twists and turns.

Life sometimes gives you a pile of old parts.

But just like Naomi, we must live life to experience a restored life. This is not easy. However, some of the most appreciation for life comes from the experience of the darkest of days.

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” Isaiah 45:3, NLT

So take that Journey today with Jesus He can restore your life, and you’ll be glad he did.